Soil Removal Project in Jonesport 

The last of three contaminated soil removal projects in Washington County started in Jonesport Friday.Environmental officials say the projects are making residents safer and creating jobs.Meghan Hayward reports.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection started the last of three projects in Washington County, paid for with federal stimulus funds.” Tank removal, standard underground tank removal with some limited soil removal to contaminated soil.”The DEP removed two abandoned underground gasoline storage tanks in Jonesport. There’s about 300 cubic yards of petroleum contaminated soil at the site.Senior Environmental Engineer David McCaskill says the town will benefit from the removal.”But what’s really important is Jonesport doesn’t have their own drinking water supply, so whatever threats we can take away from here, will help protect people’s drinking water wells.”McCaskill says the 65-thousand dollar project is pretty standard and they don’t forsee any challenges or dangers.” There’s a lot of space. They’re not open today, so easy access.”The tanks will be sent to Bangor to be cleaned and the contaminated soil will be taken to a plant in Columbia Falls where McCaskill says it will basically be cooked.”Where the petroleum components have been driven off and that material can be used, depending on the soil it is, for other uses.”McCaskill this could not have been done without stimulus funds.He says the Jonesport project, and ones in Addison and Topsfield, have created jobs.When this project is complete, the DEP will have spent about 600-hundred thousand dollars in stimulus money in Washington County, making the area the largest recipient of this type of clean-up funding.